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  • Summary: This documentary examines the events surrounding the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, where eleven Israeli athletes were kidnapped and massacred by Palestinian terrorists.
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
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  1. A gripping thriller whose terror -- unfortunately -- comes from real life.
  2. 90
    It could be described as the most gripping political thriller to hit the big screen in many years, although given the events it depicts through interviews, photographs, and news footage, the words "gripping" and "thriller" have inappropriately frivolous and commercial associations.
  3. This utterly compelling behind-the-scenes account of that horrific event unfolds with a potent sense of authority and authenticity.
  4. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    80
    Never less than gripping as an account of what happened and what went terribly wrong.
  5. The film, built of interviews with participants, is fast-paced, utterly absorbing and ultimately tragic.
  6. Sweeps us back into a terrifying and desperate string of events and makes us feel them - and, more crucially, understand them as well.
  7. 60
    One Day in September does "being there" very well -- I just wish director Macdonald had spent a little more time explaining why we should want to be there in the first place.

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
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  1. DonC.
    Dec 20, 2005
    10
    While some reviewers and voters comment that it would have been nice if they also showed the reason(s) why these tragedies continue, both While some reviewers and voters comment that it would have been nice if they also showed the reason(s) why these tragedies continue, both sides of the history of terrorism have been known and told for years. However, the actual terrorist factions choose to disregard the facts and promote only their own propaganda in order top entice and induce their minions to perform these horrific acts and pursue their own personal agenda. Collapse

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